10 Things I've Learned During The First Month Of Living In A Sorority House

10 Things I've Learned During The First Month Of Living In A Sorority House

Living with so many girls can get interesting, to say the least.

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Living with over 50 girls seems like a foreign concept to most. It can be very difficult for people to imagine what life is like living in a sorority house. I couldn't even imagine what life would be like living with all those girls. Thankfully, I have adjusted well, and have picked up on 10 things that happen while living in the house.

1. There’s always someone to help you pick out your clothes 

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Whenever you need an opinion on if your dress is too short or what shoes to wear, there is always a girl who can help you make this decision.

2. Food always disappears within minutes 

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The snack kitchen is always low on stock because girls have to eat! Any time there is dessert, or someone brings food and posts about it, it always disappears super quickly. You can always hear people running to the kitchen when they get the notification of food.

3. The cold dorm is a wild thing 

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Sleeping in a room with so many people on bunk beds is a weird concept. It's also really weird to not have a bed in your bedroom. Now though sleeping in the cold dorm is normal, but at first, it was pretty hard to get used to. For me, the most difficult part is having to be quiet and try not to laugh when I see my friend across the room.

4.  You bribe people to do your house duty 

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Even if you only have to your house duty once every two weeks, when that time rolls around, chances are you never want to do it. Thankfully, there is always at least one person who accepts the Starbucks or cash bribe and will do your 7 a.m. wake-up duty.

5. There’s hair everywhere

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Living with all girls can honestly be kind of gross. I mean, we aren't gross, but all females know how much hair we shed. When 50+ girls live in a house, there is hair everywhere.

6. Nothing is private 

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Everyone knows everything when you all live together. If one person hears something, pretty soon the whole house knows. In some cases, this is so nice, but in other cases it can get frustrating to not have your privacy.

7. You are never alone 

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This goes along with not having privacy, but I have learned from living in the sorority house that it is totally normal to take a phone call in front of 3 other people. You also always have someone to go to Target with you which makes grocery shopping/pretend adulting super fun.

8. You always have someone to talk to/have your back 

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This has to be my favorite part of living in the house. I love knowing that I always have someone I can count on to make me laugh when I am having a rough day. Because we all spend so much time together, it is so easy to tell when something is off, and everyone checks in to try to make it better.

9.  You get to have Tinder Thursdays 

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Okay, my ACTUAL favorite part about living in is the time we all spend together just messing around. We have come up with the idea of "playing" Tinder. It's where everyone with a Tinder swaps phones and we all pick out matches for them. Even though it is so silly, it is my favorite weekly tradition.

10. You have endless laughs with your ~sisters~ 

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Even though not everything in the house sounds super glamorous, living with so many unique people is an experience I wouldn't trade for the world.

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To All Student-Athletes Beginning Their Respective Seasons, Remember Why You Play

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

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Dear athlete,

The season is by far the most exciting time of the year. Big plays, good memories, traveling new places, and winning championships... But yet another promise is that season is also exhausting.

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

But remember that this season of your life doesn't last forever. Remind yourself why you play.

You play this sport because you love the game. You love the competition, you love your teammates and the friendships that you've formed, you love the lessons you learn aside from the physical aspect.

So each day, continue to choose the game.

It's not easy. But if it was, everyone would do it. But discomfort is where progress happens.

Quit dreading practices, quit wishing for rain, quit complaining about conditioning, and quit taking for granted a busy schedule that is literally made just for you. Tens of thousands of young girls and boys would do anything to be in the position (literally) that you are in. Take advantage of being a role model to those young kids who think the world of you.

Freshmen, this is what you have wanted for so long. Take advantage of the newness, take advantage of the advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism that your older teammates give you. Soak it all in, four years goes by really quickly.

Sophomores, you now know how it works. Be confident in your abilities, yet continue to learn and grow mentally and in your position.

Juniors, prepare to take the lead. Use this season to, of course, continue to sharpen your skill, but also recognize that you're over halfway done, so mentally and physically ready yourself to take the seniors' lead next year.

Seniors, this is it. Your last year of playing the sport that you love. Be a good leader, motivate, and leave your mark on the program in which you have loved for so long. Encourage the athletes behind you to continue the traditions and standards set by the program. Lay it all on the field, leave it all on the court, and leave your program better than you found it.

Take the season one day at a time and, each day, make it your goal to get better. Get better for your team, for you pushing yourself makes everyone else work even harder. So even if you don't get a lot of playing time, make your teammates better by pushing yourself so hard that they have no other choice than to push themselves too. And when a team has every single player pushing themselves to the max, success happens.

Take advantage of this time with your teammates and coaches, for they won't be your teammates and coaches forever.

No matter what year you are and no matter what your role is this season... GROW. You are an integral part of your team and your program.

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The Beginning of Second Semester Means The Start Of Rush: Here's What You Need To Know

Wondering if the sorority life is for you? Give it a shot!

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As an incoming freshman during first semester, I was excited to go through sorority rush — even though I wasn't quite sure what it was all about. None of my close family members had been involved in a fraternity or sorority, so I wasn't too familiar with the process or anything like that. However, it seemed like many students at Miami were involved in Greek life, and it looked like something fun I would like to be involved in too. As the semester went on, I learned a little bit more about the actual process and signed up for rush along with my three other roommates.

Looking back now as a sophomore who went through rush, I know it can be a stressful and extremely busy time, especially with the start of classes happening as well. It can also be difficult to decide whether or not to participate. I will say that it is a pretty large time commitment during the two weeks of rounds. However, it can turn out to be worth it in the end. The best part about rush isn't necessarily getting into the "best" Greek organization, it's about finding people who you feel comfortable around and who enjoy your company.

After shopping for all of my rush outfits over winter break, I arrived back at school for the start of second semester and the start of rush. My three roommates and I all had a very different experience with rush. One of them went to the introduction to rush and afterward decided that it wasn't quite for her, so she didn't even end up going through the rounds at all. Another one of my roommates went through the first round (also known as "Welcome Round") and dropped from the rushing process after. That left me and my last roommate, Cami, to complete the rest of the rounds on our own.

As the second weekend approached, Cami and I were pretty nervous but having a good time getting to know a lot of different girls and what each sorority was about. We even ended up becoming really good friends with a couple girls who lived in our hall. When we finally finished getting to know all of the sororities and narrowing down our choices, we got to take a bid. Cami and I ended up in different sororities, having extremely different experiences, but still remain close friends a year later.

Although rush can seem extremely stressful and even scary, the best part about it is meeting new people. Through this process, I made friends with girls in my sorority as well as girls who are a part of Greek life in general. The whole point of going through rush is to meet people who you connect with, whether they're in the same "group" as you or not. Although I wasn't sure if being in a sorority was my "thing," I'm glad I tried it out because I've gained so many worthwhile experiences as well as the opportunity for new friendships.

My biggest advice when deciding to go through or going through rush is to not give up. It's easy to get caught up in the stereotypes of Greek life and worry about if you'll fit in or not, but in reality, there's a place for everyone. However, if in the end, you decide it's not your cup of tea, there's no judgment in walking away.

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